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March 29, 1952 — The Albuquerque Journal

The Mossadegh Project | May 9, 2015                        

New Mexicoís main newspaper, The Albuquerque Journal published this editorial about Iran on Saturday, March 29, 1952.


The Iranian oil situation has switched from a grave world production or economic problem to a political issue. When Iran nationalized her oil last year and kicked out the British there were fears of a world oil shortage.

But now new production, especially in Iranís neighboring areas, has taken up most of the slack.

Thus, as Iranís Premier Mossadegh once again turns down the Westís efforts to compromise the explosive issue through World Bank operations, the Iran premierís country is doing the economic suffering and not the West.

The West is now demonstrating it can do without Iran better than Iran can do without its markets.

But, of course, the big question is how long Mossadegh can last as premier with revenue from Iranís oil fields cut off and whether Iran is headed for complete political chaos and a possible Communist coup.

If Iran is to be saved from an economic collapse, and the attendant Red threat, some new proposal must come from the U.S. soon. All signs point to an early crisis in Iran.

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Related links:

Will Mossadegh be left high and dry? | Douglas Wilkie, Oct. 21, 1952

Regardless Of What It Does In Iran, The U.S. Will Be Criticized (July 1952)

Anyone Surprised? | U.S. Editorial, April 29, 1952

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